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CALS Alumni for Student Success

The CALS Alumni and Friends Society and CALS Academic Programs have partnered to connect our large and dedicated alumni base to the college through the CALS Alumni for Student Success (CASS) Program. The initiative serves two purposes: to develop an alumni recruiting network and to provide career coaching for students. 

Make a Lasting Impact

Working with my student has inspired me. She’s focused on achieving her dreams and is dedicated to reaching them.

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Beth Farrell ’02

Agricultural programs development coordinator
North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Career Coaching

CALS alumni can sign up as career coaches to guide and inspire students toward defined career goals for a nine-month commitment. 

CALS Career Services will pair you with a current CALS student, allowing you to build a one-on-one relationship and provide information, advice and encouragement. As a career coach, you can:

  • Share your professional expertise. 
  • Become a career champion.
  • Connect students to industry networks.

Career coaches can also participate in networking events and informational panels hosted by CALS Career Services.


Alumni can volunteer as local recruiters, helping prospective students discover CALS majors and opportunities. As a recruiter, you’ll help students understand how CALS aligns with their academic and career aspirations.

Recruiters serve as a point of contact in their area for prospective CALS students by attending local events to promote CALS to schools and community groups.

By promoting NC State and CALS in your community, you’ll be a part of an alumni network that recruits students across North Carolina.

Alumni, sign up to be a career coach or recruiter:

Coaching Chemistry

Nicole Youngblood ’16 ’23 and Sarah Bailey connected through the CASS Program and forged a rewarding coaching relationship. Their friendship has flourished through one-on-one coaching, networking events, and career-related experiences.

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Through the CALS Alumni for Student Success program, CALS alumna Nicole Youngblood (left) developed a career coaching partnership with undergraduate Sarah Bailey (right).

Receive Career Guidance

My coach provided essential resources for job searching and interview skills, serving as a constant source of support.

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Megan Tilley

Agricultural science major

A student enrolled in the CASS Program will receive personalized career guidance from a CALS alum who matches your career coaching needs. 

Your career coach can help you:

  • Network with industry experts.
  • Develop as a professional in your field of interest.
  • Achieve your career goals.

Students, sign up to receive coaching:

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The CASS Program broadened my understanding of career options and the skills necessary to excel in my profession.

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Laissa Cavallini

Entomology doctoral student

Your Gift Makes a Difference

CASS is a collaborative initiative between CALS Academic Programs and the CALS Alumni and Friends Society. By supporting CASS, you help:

  • Alumni connect meaningfully with CALS students.
  • Foster one-on-one relationships between students and alumni.
  • Create opportunities for alumni to participate in career networking events and information panels hosted by CALS Career Services.
  • Develop opportunities for alumni to serve as local points of contact for CALS.

Support the CASS Program

Make a gift to support the CASS Program and enhance student success in the classroom and beyond.

Contact Us

Amy Juliana

Director of Alumni and Engagement

Coleman Simpson

Assistant Director of Career Services, External Relations

Joanna Eglinton

Assistant Director of Recruitment